Monthly Archives: January 2020

What is a Strut?

You may have heard the term "shocks and struts" before when someone is talking about your vehicle's suspension system. But, what exactly is a strut and what does it do?  A strut is a component of your vehicle's suspension system, which is the system that is connected to the wheels and the chassis of your car. The suspension system's job is to support your vehicle, absorb the impact of bumps and road texture, and help to properly turn and steer your vehicle.  The strut itself is comprised of two parts:  the shock absorbers and a spring. The spring is typically a coil spring that supports the weight of your car and absorbs movement. The shock absorbers main job is to absorb movement and dampen vibrations.  Since struts hold the weight of your car and do most of the absorbing of shock, they tend to wear down or leak over time. They will need to be inspected periodically and replaced if needed. Your vehicle's owner's manual will outline ... read more

Winter Care for Your Honda in Vancouver

Winter Care for Your Honda in Vancouver January is almost over, but that doesn’t mean Old Man Winter is ready to check out just yet. Here in Vancouver and Clark County, winter likes to stick around for much longer. That means you need to pay special attention to your car, truck, crossover, or SUV for a few more months. And that means keeping it fully serviced and prepared for the harsh winter conditions. Taking of Your Honda During Winter – Honda Auto Repair in Vancouver In this post, we want to specifically focus on Honda owners and vehicles. We know many people in Vancouver and Portland own Hondas. And we know how much you rely on your Hondas every day. So what do you need to do to make sure Honda keeps you moving throughout the rest of this winter season? You have to give it the tight amount love and attention. Here’s an important checklist of the most common things you need to do to ... read more

How Well Do All Season Tires Do in the Winter?

How Well Do All Season Tires Do in the Winter? We’ve been talking a lot about winter car care tips all month long. After all, this is one of the most dangerous driving seasons of the year. And we want you to be safe on the roads. Earlier this month, we talked about purchasing snow tires and what kinds of things to consider when choosing your winter tires. We know that not every driver in the Vancouver area can afford to buy an extra set of tires just for the winter. And we also know that any all-season tires have been built to work in all road conditions and in all kinds of temperatures. But, we also know that many all-season tires just don’t have the same traction ability that snow tires do. All-Season Tires Lack Traction in Winter The truth is all-season tires are great. But they perform much better in warmer conditions than in cold and wet conditions. The biggest problem is all-season tires just don’t have the same level of tra ... read more

Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Hybrid Vehicle

How is your vehicle holding up in these harsh winter conditions? It’s cold and wet here in the Pacific Northwest. And we still have several more months of these kinds of conditions. We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about being safe on the roads during the winter. From snow tires to wiper blades and batteries, you have to be prepared. And you have to take care of your vehicle. Many people here in the Vancouver-Portland area drive hybrid or electric vehicles. The environment is a big concern in this area, so these types of cars are popular here. But they do sometimes need special attention to keep them running smoothly. So with that in mind, here are some important winter maintenance tips for your hybrid vehicle. Eco-Friendly Car Care Tips for Winter The most important thing to remember is that the cold weather is hard on your hybrid or EV battery. So you have to focus on taking special care of it. Cold temperatures will drain your battery life. So anything you can do to ... read more

How To Keep You Car Healthy During Winter in Vancouver WA

Last week, we talked about choosing the right snow tires for winter driving conditions. This week, we want to focus on taking care of the rest of your vehicle during this time of the year. The harsh winter conditions can really be hard on your car. And if you don’t take the time to give it the care it needs, your vehicle could leave you out in the cold…literally. No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in winter conditions. But if you take proper care of your car, truck, crossover, or SUV then it will take care of you. So here’s a list of things to keep in mind to keep your vehicle running right for the upcoming winter chill. Vancouver Car Care Tips for WinterKeep an Eye on the Battery – this seems like a no-brainer, but most people forget about their battery until it dies. Don’t let this happen to you. A dead battery is always an inconvenience. But it’s even worse in the cold weather. So make sure you ... read more

Ready for Snow Tires in Vancouver WA?

The Vancouver area is known much more for rain than snow. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a sudden snowstorm at any time. In fact, the last few years, the weather had been pretty unpredictable here. Plus, we’ve had more snow days than usual in the last three years. Of course, snow is fun to play in and the kids love getting out of school. But what’s not fun is driving in snow. Around here, it can be especially tough because so many drivers in the Portland-Vancouver area don’t have any experience driving in the slick conditions. And that can cause some real gridlock. City Not Prepared for Snow And to make matters worse, the city doesn’t have the resources to handle major snowstorms. In fact, some recent storms have basically shut down the entire area. So driving in snow is no picnic. And that’s why snow tires, or studded tires, can be so helpful this time of year. Many people choose to stick with their all-season tires ye ... read more

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